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    Oprah Winfrey says ... Hey, drivers, turn off the phone!

    Oprah Winfrey has started a campaign against texting and the use of cell phones while driving.

    She calls it turning your car into a No Phone Zone.

    See THIS LINK for details, other links, and a pledge (currently 220,000 have signed up) to park the phone when behind the wheel.

    She's a force all her own -- good for her for taking on this serious safety issue.

    As a bicycle commuter, I used to worry about drunks ... now, I worry about all the yahoos texting while they are driving. I see this many times, every day

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    Motorists concerned about their own well-being. Not that I have an issue with positive side effects, such as this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon View Post
    As a bicycle commuter, I used to worry about drunks ... now, I worry about all the yahoos texting while they are driving. I see this many times, every day
    Yup, my biggest concern... I've had too many close calls with folks making calls.

    Maybe this public campaign will help.

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    Not a big Oprah fan but- hooray for her. It's about time someone high profile took this on.

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    If someone, ANYONE, makes the streets safer, whether it's for us or for drivers as well, we win.

    I'd like to see this take off; she's liable to have the horsepower to do it, too.

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    I am happy she is taking that action. Next maybe she can get heroin addicts to sign up for a safety campaign too. That brick wall might be a bit easier on her head.
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    maybe she can try to get motorists to stop for stop signs

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    maybe she can try to get motorists to stop for stop signs
    Nothing less than a Mini-Gun at each stop sign will do THAT!

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    Personally, if the high dollar fines/fees that our state, county, law enforcement tack onto the first and subsequent cell phone offenses don't deter motorists, Oprah has as much chance as a snowball in Hell.

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    Several years ago, Oprah’s idea of better road safety was to ban cyclist from Chicago roads. She hated how they got in the way of her big limo.

    She had planned on doing a show on it. The producers pre-screen show ideas by open web survey to avoid any shows that would bring dislike on Oprah. A couple of cycling groups passed along the web page to comment about the planned show idea. The bad idea got dropped. I think even IMBA got involved in passing the word.

    So be careful of who you support and what their idea of road safety may be.

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    I have no problem with people texting or talking on the phone while driving. What I have a problem with is people who suck at it.

    Let's face it, no amount of campaign for stoping people from doing it will change anything. It's useless considering that almost everyone has a cell phone. How about a campaign for paying more attention or multitasking for dummies. The first step would be to not watch Oprah and her emotion soaked TV show and you might think clearer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spock View Post
    I have no problem with people texting or talking on the phone while driving. What I have a problem with is people who suck at it.
    Which is pretty much everyone when it comes to reacting in an emergency - often caused by the said texting/talking. In London alone in 2007, apparently, 68,000 pedestrians had treatment for injuries caused by walking into street furniture while on their mobiles. Said injuries ranged from bruising to, in one case, a fractured skull.

    Wonderful propect, them being in charge of a motor vehicle

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    Did she have on a guy who was talking on his phone and hit a 9 year old kid on a bike?

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    Oprah says a lot of things. This happens to be one of the few valid things she's said.

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    The first step would be to not watch Oprah and her emotion soaked TV show and you might think clearer.
    Best idea so far in this thread.

    With her incessant focus on depravity to build her ratings among the groundlings who are attracted to such topics like moths to a flame, it's remarkable that she has time to work on something constructive.
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    Governor Doyle of Wisconsin just signed into law a ban on texting while driving. I spent eight years in the WI legislature as a law maker. I would have voted against that bill.

    Why? Because it is a feel good piece of legislation. The real issue is talking on a phone while driving and disengaging your brain voluntarily to do so. Kinda like making the decision to drink alcohol. But we don't want to upset voters that talk and drive, or the special interests that feed from it.

    Most people disagree with me, but I believe it is dangerous, but less so to text vs talk on the phone. Texting uses less brain power than a conversation. IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RepWI View Post
    Governor Doyle of Wisconsin just signed into law a ban on texting while driving. I spent eight years in the WI legislature as a law maker. I would have voted against that bill.

    Why? Because it is a feel good piece of legislation. The real issue is talking on a phone while driving and disengaging your brain voluntarily to do so. Kinda like making the decision to drink alcohol. But we don't want to upset voters that talk and drive, or the special interests that feed from it.

    Most people disagree with me, but I believe it is dangerous, but less so to text vs talk on the phone. Texting uses less brain power than a conversation. IMHO.
    Texting requires you take your eyes off the road, more. Both are dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RepWI View Post
    Governor Doyle of Wisconsin just signed into law a ban on texting while driving. I spent eight years in the WI legislature as a law maker. I would have voted against that bill.

    Why? Because it is a feel good piece of legislation. The real issue is talking on a phone while driving and disengaging your brain voluntarily to do so. Kinda like making the decision to drink alcohol. But we don't want to upset voters that talk and drive, or the special interests that feed from it.

    Most people disagree with me, but I believe it is dangerous, but less so to text vs talk on the phone. Texting uses less brain power than a conversation. IMHO.
    Multiple studies have shown that texting is much worse than voice communications in terms of distraction while driving. One study even found that texting impaired your ability to react even more than being at the legal limit for alcohol consumption while driving.

    Regardless of which is worse, both should not be done while driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bean_YWG View Post
    Multiple studies have shown that texting is much worse than voice communications in terms of distraction while driving.
    So is stuffing your head below the dashboard to look for that week-old McNugget. When are they going to ban that?

    -Kurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by RepWI View Post
    Governor Doyle of Wisconsin just signed into law a ban on texting while driving. I spent eight years in the WI legislature as a law maker. I would have voted against that bill.

    Why? Because it is a feel good piece of legislation. The real issue is talking on a phone while driving and disengaging your brain voluntarily to do so. Kinda like making the decision to drink alcohol. But we don't want to upset voters that talk and drive, or the special interests that feed from it.

    Most people disagree with me, but I believe it is dangerous, but less so to text vs talk on the phone. Texting uses less brain power than a conversation. IMHO.
    Most people disagree with you because those people are right.

    You can keep looking out the windshield while talking, but not at all while texting.

    I'm siding with the argument that it's even worse than driving while legally drunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    You can keep looking out the windshield while talking, but not at all while texting.
    I hate texters AND yakkers. But I would vote against the "No Texting" law because without the law, I see people typing and reading texts with their phones perched on top of the steering wheel where at least their peripheral vision has A CHANCE of seeing something through the windshield. When "No Texting" laws are passed, those "heroin addicts" can not help themselves from texting. They will text ninja style below the dash, between their legs, on the seat next to them - but text they will.

    I prefer them texting with the phone on top of the steering wheel.

    BTW...the cavilier attitude toward texting while driving is just another piece of evidence that people in general SUCK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    So is stuffing your head below the dashboard to look for that week-old McNugget. When are they going to ban that?

    -Kurt
    Yeah, but the frequency of "dropping the fries" or going for the "week old McNugget" is minimal compared to the frequent distraction of text and talk on cell phones. Sure, either can lead to collisions, but the constant and persistent draw of texting is more likely to be THE problem.

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